What’s more relaxing than a cruise? That’s easy to answer – it’s a cruise that includes some pampering in a shipboard spa. Cruise ship spas have stepped up in terms of facilities and services, rivaling land-based spa destinations more than ever before.
In fact, one of the most respected names in land-based spas, Canyon Ranch, provides spa services on four cruise lines: Celebrity, Cunard, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. Canyon Ranch works with each line to create exclusive spa environments and service menus.
For example, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria feature Mareel Wellness and Beauty, which offer mineral-rich, marine-based treatments: try a sea algae massage or a seaweed leg wrap.
On Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships, Canyon Ranch creates a Zen-like atmosphere with a Persian Garden relaxation lounge, aromatic steam rooms, herbal saunas and sensory showers. If you crave better sleep, the Mindful Dreams program provides special treatments, sleep aids, instruction sessions and advice on what to eat for dinner.
All of Viking Cruises’ oceangoing ships feature the LivNordic spa, operated by Stockholm-based Raison d’Etre. The Nordic spa tradition is based on using hot and cold therapies, so the spas feature thermal suites with thalassotherapy pools, hot tubs, rustic cold-water showers, water-vapor fireplaces, warmed tile loungers, and a snow grotto (yes, it’s filled with manmade snow!).
The Onboard Spa by Steiner operates full-service spas on more than a dozen cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean. In keeping with the line’s family-oriented vibe, Oasis-class ships offer separate spas for teens, with “Acne Attack” facials and “Beach Babe” deep-conditioning hair treatments.
If you’re not looking for spa treatments but still desire some tranquility on your cruise, adults-only quiet zones can be found on many ships. For example, some Princess Cruises ships have a Sanctuary and Retreat Pool on the top deck, surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs and cabanas that offer privacy and waiter service.
Four of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ships offer Spice H2O, where adults can enjoy sunning, hot-tubbing and relaxing in the cool waterfalls of a grotto area by day (it turns into a dance club at night).
Even the family-oriented Disney Cruise Lines believes adults deserve some quiet time. Its ships are equipped with Quiet Cove Pools where you can relax with a specialty coffee, tea or cocktail.
To prepare for a great spa or quiet zone experience on your next cruise, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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